A group of aldermen are calling for a moratorium on new charter schools starting in 2014 in Chicago, arguing it doesn't make sense to add new charter seats at a time the city is considering closing public schools that don't have enough students.
"It's just common sense," said Ald. Matt O'Shea, one of the resolution's sponsors. "Why would you add more seats when we reportedly have 100,000 excess seats in Chicago Public Schools?"
O'Shea represents the 19th Ward, a Southwest Side union stronghold and home to many Chicago Public Schools teachers. But he said the resolution -- which carries no legislative authority beyond urging the city to take a stance -- came about because of the situation with schools citywide.
"We need to get a handle on what's going on here, rather than just building more charters," he said.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been a strong supporter of charters, saying they give parents more school choice.